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Kitten  by Olive Nuttall

Kitten

Olive Nuttall

"Rosemary, a trans girl, has many conflicting qualities. She's super smart but flawed, polyamorous but timid, promiscuous but inexperienced. She's surprising, and surprised by herself. A call that Rosemary's grandmother is dying puts her on the bus from Te...

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Of wizardry and war  by Bruce Chatfield

Of wizardry and war

Bruce Chatfield

"Flindas, Tris and Leana, carrying their fragment of the Seacrest are trapped behind enemy lines in inhospitable terrain. Maradass sends armies of horsemen, savage dogs and stone-men against the Regions. Meanwhile the green-and-brown clad Elbrand armies of the...

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The return of Maradass  by Bruce Chatfield

The return of Maradass

Bruce Chatfield

"Maradass the Mad is dead. Maradass the Evil takes his place. Black dogs, hunt the land, corrupted stone-men march under the banner of the dog scull, and a poison spreads from the Broken Lands, threatening the Regions. Can Kerran, a youth from the Dreadim...

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A past life tale  by Kimberly Stewart

A past life tale

Kimberly Stewart

"When Quo was born from the Source as a new soul, a cycle of learning and karma was put into motion. The end goal? To reach enlightenment and become one with the Source again. To reach enlightenment Quo will need to incarnate multiple times into various lives...

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Afterworld  by Mike Johnson

Afterworld

Mike Johnson

"Afterworld is a novella length work of magical realism with a whodunit element. The plot follows a ghost who ends up in a hut on a New Zealand mountain. As the ghost seeks to understand their life and death, fragments of their past are remembered. Contending...

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Real life and other disasters  by Merren Tait

Real life and other disasters

Merren Tait

"In real life Sarah and Adam can't stand each other. In their virtual lives they adore each other. They just haven't put two and two together. When Sarah is arrested for committing a reckless act, she's mortified to be rescued by the person she's consistently...

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Because all fades  by Freddie Gillies

Because all fades

Freddie Gillies

"Andrew and his girlfriend Jess are making a life for themselves in London, but it’s a bit of a grind, and now their relationship is beginning to suffer. Andrew’s best friend Jaryd on the other hand is living every young man’s dream – a beautiful apartment in...

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Bird child & other stories  by Patricia Grace

Bird child & other stories

Patricia Grace

"The titular story 'Bird Child' plunges you deep into Te Kore, an ancient time before time. In another, the formidable goddess Mahuika, Keeper of Fire, becomes a doting mother and friend. Later, Grace's own childhood vividly shapes the world of the young...

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Battle of hearts  by Tania Roberts

Battle of hearts

Tania Roberts

"Springtime brings new life to the Canterbury farm where Betsy has stayed to train the next intake of land girls. Desperate for news of her fiance, Roland, a World War II soldier missing in action, Betsy's life remains in limbo, until letters from near and far...

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Coromandel dreamin'  by Ron Murray

Coromandel dreamin'

Ron Murray

This novel is set in the Coromandel of the late 1970s, and is about a young, wandering teacher-musician-builder who ends up in a small communal settlement near Coromandel Town. It’s a love story with all the usual twists and turns that involves, but it also...

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Dark secrets  by Sally Rigby

Dark secrets

Sally Rigby

An uninvited guest...a deadly secret....and a terrible crime.When a well-loved family of five are found dead sitting around their dining table with an untouched meal in front of them, it sends shockwaves throughout the community. Was it a murder suicide, or...

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Remember me?  by Amanda Rigby

Remember me?

Amanda Rigby

Paul Henderson leads a normal life. A deputy headteacher at a good school, a loving relationship with girlfriend Jenna, and a baby on the way. Everything seems perfect. Until Paul receives a message from his ex-fiance Nicole. Beautiful, ambitious and fierce,...

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Mortal remains  by Sally Rigby

Mortal remains

Sally Rigby

"A serial arsonist is on the loose and as the death toll continues to mount DCI Whitney Walker calls on forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish for help"--Back cover.

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Ritual Demise  by Sally Rigby

Ritual Demise

Sally Rigby

"Someone is watching.... No one is safe The once tranquil woods in a picturesque part of Lenchester have become the bloody stage to a series of ritualistic murders. With no suspects, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker is once again forced to call on the...

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Lethal secret  by Sally Rigby

Lethal secret

Sally Rigby

"When a series of suicides, linked to the Wellness Spirit Centre, turn out to be murder, it brings together DCI Whitney Walker and forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish for another investigation. But as they delve deeper, they come across a tangle of...

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Death track  by Sally Rigby

Death track

Sally Rigby

Catch the train if you dare... After a teenage boy is found dead on a Lenchester train, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker believes they're being targeted by the notorious Carriage Killer, who chooses a local rail network, commits four murders, and moves...

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Fatal justice  by Sally Rigby

Fatal justice

Sally Rigby

A vigilante's on the loose, dishing out their kind of justice...A string of mutilated bodies sees Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker back in action. But when she discovers the victims have all been grooming young girls, she fears a vigilante is on the...

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Deadly games  by Sally Rigby

Deadly games

Sally Rigby

"An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. Whitney Walker is in trouble. She's been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts...

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The two-tailed snake  by Nod Ghosh

The two-tailed snake

Nod Ghosh

"North-east India, 1945. Tensions are rising, but fourteen-year-old Joya doesn't pay much attention to 'political business' - she is more concerned with doing well at school and having fun with her best friends. Yet when her father disappears without a trace,...

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Final verdict  by Sally Rigby

Final verdict

Sally Rigby

"The judge has spoken ... everyone must die. When a killer starts murdering lawyers in a prestigious law firm, and every lead takes them to a dead end, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker finds herself grappling for a motive. What links these deaths, and...

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Last breath  by Sally Rigby

Last breath

Sally Rigby

"When a murderer leaves a familiar pink scarf as his calling card, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker is forced to dig into a cold case, not sure if she's looking for a killer or a copycat. With a growing pile of bodies, and no clues, she turns to...

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Ghosts of the crusade  by Janna Ruth

Ghosts of the crusade

Janna Ruth

"Lies, deception, and betrayal - if you thought the living were bad, wait until you meet the dead. After narrowly escaping the catacombs of Paris, I plan to stay away from ghosts. I will, right after I've settled a newly departed in the afterlife, got rid of...

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Ghosts of the catacombs  by Janna Ruth

Ghosts of the catacombs

Janna Ruth

"I'm a ghost whisperer, not a catacomb crawler. But when you live in Paris, sometimes you end up being both. Hi, I'm Alix. During the day, I'm a history student at the time-honoured Sorbonne University. After class, I hang out with the ghosts of the...

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Once in a blue moon  by Amanda Ashby

Once in a blue moon

Amanda Ashby

"Florist Laney George has a successful business, amazing friends and big, big dreams--oh, and a broken heart. But she's working through that last one. Then the man she hoped to never see again shows up--and Laney's carefully ordered plans are experiencing...

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Silent graves  by Sally Rigby

Silent graves

Sally Rigby

When the bodies of two teenage girls were discovered on a building site, DCI Whitney Walker knows she's on the hunt for a killer. The problem is that the murders happened forty years ago. It's her first case with the new team and she has two weeks to solve the...

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Henry Morton's Pupil  by M. H. Green

Henry Morton's Pupil

M. H. Green

"Against the backdrop of London in the swinging sixties, Penelope Lloyd-Hargreaves, recently called to the Bar, serves her pupillage under the supervision of Henry Morton, the senior barrister at Forsythe Chambers. Defending a young man framed for murder,...

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What were you thinking, Paige Taylor?  by Amanda Ashby

What were you thinking, Paige Taylor?

Amanda Ashby

"After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor cracks up. On her tenth self-help book, it seemed like a good idea at the time to reinvent herself-move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair-and take over the local bookstore. But...

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Grasp the thorn  by Jude Knight

Grasp the thorn

Jude Knight

"An accident brings them together. Will a scandal tear them apart? Bear Gavenor has retired from war and built a business restoring abandoned country manors to sell to the newly rich. He'd like to settle in one himself and raise a family, but the marriage mart...

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The last letter  by Kirsten McKenzie

The last letter

Kirsten McKenzie

"After disappearing amidst a spray of bullets, antiques dealer Sarah Lester leaves behind no body, only questions. And Sarah's friends are left dealing with the aftermath of her disappearance, including an investigation into the provenance of her antiques,...

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The collector  by Graeme Lay

The collector

Graeme Lay

"Brave, inquisitive, entrepreneurial: Joseph Banks personified the spirit of late 18th century Enlightenment Europe. Banks' fascination with the plant and animal kingdom began when he was a boy in rural Lincolnshire. A privileged upbringing saw him schooled at...

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Scoria  by Kathy Derrick

Scoria

Kathy Derrick

"Short Prose from the Cinder Cone is a collection of standalone short prose pieces exploring themes of connection, separation and regeneration"--Publisher information.

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Hostage to pleasure  by Nalini Singh

Hostage to pleasure

Nalini Singh

When she is forced to create a neural implant that will enslave her psychically gifted race in exchange for her son's life, Ashaya Aleine, a powerful Psy, finds an ally in a DarkRiver sniper who lost his sister to a Psy killer.

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Branded by fire  by Nalini Singh

Branded by fire

Nalini Singh

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's...

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Caressed by ice  by Nalini Singh

Caressed by ice

Nalini Singh

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins -- cold, pitiless, unfeeling.

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Visions of heat  by Nalini Singh

Visions of heat

Nalini Singh

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even...

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The royal daughter  by Soraya Lane

The royal daughter

Soraya Lane

"“My darling B, my heart, my soul. I only wish we’d had longer. Longer to search for the daughter that I should never have given up. The daughter that I should have been brave enough to keep, brave enough to tell you about, brave enough to tell the world...

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Mine to possess   by Nalini Singh

Mine to possess

Nalini Singh

Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed - and committed the most extreme...

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Troubled waters  by Tom O'Connor

Troubled waters

Tom O'Connor

"Having tempted fate and revisited Ireland, Maurice O'Brien is grief-stricken at the state of his homeland following the devastation of the potato famine a few years earlier. Disease, starvation and forced immigration have all but depopulated many parts of the...

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Homeward bound  by Tom O'Connor

Homeward bound

Tom O'Connor

"In spite of the dangers of sailing small boats around Cook Strait and surviving a gunfight with one of the most ferocious musket-armed Māori tribes in New Zealand, Maurice O'Brien made his home in this far-flung British colony of New Zealand. He builds a...

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New Zealand  by Tom O'Connor

New Zealand

Tom O'Connor

"By the time Maurice O'Brien reaches New Zealand, he is a mutineer and an escaped convict. Surviving in the so-called land of heathen savages and cannibals is as dangerous as New South Wales. Finding a home with the local Māori people in Hokianga is not too...

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Outback shepherds  by Tom O'Connor

Outback shepherds

Tom O'Connor

"Adapting to his new life as an Irish convict in the New South Wales penal colony was more difficult and frightening than Maurice O'Brien could have imagined. From a tiny, well-ordered and relatively peaceful rural community in the south-west of Ireland, he...

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Lost sons  by Tom O'Connor

Lost sons

Tom O'Connor

"An ordinary life for young Maurice O'Brien is difficult in 1830s Ireland under British rule. Things get worse when his brother is caught by the authorities, causing trouble, and transported away as a convict, never to be seen again. As Maurice transitions...

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A river of golden bones  by A. K. Mulford

A river of golden bones

A. K. Mulford

"Twins Calla and Briar have spent their entire lives hiding from the powerful sorceress who destroyed their kingdom...and from the humans who don't know they are Wolves. Each twin has their own purpose in life: Briar's is to marry the prince of an ally pack...

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Troy's possibilities  by Rodney Strong

Troy's possibilities

Rodney Strong

"For Troy Messer, time travel is great on TV, but it's not reality. Troy is afflicted by a condition that lets him live out different futures - lots of them. Jaded by all these possibilities, he drifts from day to day never knowing if what he's living is real...

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The cleaner  by Paul Cleave

The cleaner

Paul Cleave

"Meet Joe. He's a nice guy out to catch a copycat killer. Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including both his day job at the police department and his 'night work'. He is not bothered by the reports of The Christchurch Carver, who - they say...

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Cemetery lake  by Paul Cleave

Cemetery lake

Paul Cleave

"A standard exhumation becomes anything but for private investigator Theodore Tate when bodies begin bubbling to the surface of the cemetery lake. Tate cannot let the police start digging because they will get dangerously close to the truth: the truth about...

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Bloodalcohol  by Michael Botur

Bloodalcohol

Michael Botur

"A South island road trip turns murderous as a dangerous drifter smells a secret in her co-dependence pal. Millionaire Kiwi conservationists learn too late how little Mother Nature cares for mankind. A Far North teen confronts the terrifying truth about why...

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Death and a duet  by K. M. Jackways

Death and a duet

K. M. Jackways

"In the enchanting town of Ledstow, where the mystical blends with everyday life, Esther is just getting to grips with being a witch and getting to know Clark, the local policeman. When the lead actor of a local play is discovered dead, it seems unsuspicious...

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Wairata  by Jonathan Peet

Wairata

Jonathan Peet

"New Zealand, April 1890. On a cold grey autumn day, eleven-year-old David Campbell finds himself shipwrecked, traumatised, and orphaned on the wild and wet west coast of the North Island. He is taken under the wing of a kindly widow on her rugged, remote farm...

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You are my sunshine  by Octavia Cade

You are my sunshine

Octavia Cade

"Sometimes change can hurt. This collection of short stories traces the growing pains of a new world, beginning with the death throes of our current way of life and ending with a world transformed by science and technology, and by grief, hope, love, and...

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Joe Victim  by Paul Cleave

Joe Victim

Paul Cleave

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In this psycho-thriller the infamous serial killer known as the Christchurch Carver is serving time in prison and may face execution. He's also the target of sinister forces inside and outside the prison.

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In search of a story  by Daphne de Jong

In search of a story

Daphne de Jong

"The story waits in the shadows. The writer has a deadline and the story wants to be told, but the story has patience. It is in no hurry.The writer gets up from the computer and goes for a walk, hoping the story will emerge and show itself, or at least give...

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Fear the truth  by Sally Rigby

Fear the truth

Sally Rigby

"The truth will set you free...except when it doesn't... Private investigator Sebastian Clifford and his partner Birdie, step into the world of celebrity when a star of children's TV turns to them for help. She's being blackmailed by someone who knows about...

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There should have been eight  by Nalini Singh

There should have been eight

Nalini Singh

"Seven friends. One last weekend. A mansion half in ruins. No room for lies. Someone is going to confess. Because there should've been eight... They met when they were teenagers. Now they're adults, and time has been kind to some and unkind to others--and the...

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Clutch of constables  by Ngaio Marsh

Clutch of constables

Ngaio Marsh

"'He looks upon the murders that he did in fact perform as tiresome and regrettable necessities, ' reflected Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn on the international crook known as ̀the Jampot'. But it was Alleyn's wife Troy who knew ̀the Jampot' best: she...

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The Hikikomori  by Mark Vrankovich

The Hikikomori

Mark Vrankovich

"Japan suffers under a culture of overwork. There is no time for relationships or family as corporate bosses fixate on their harsh work culture. Squeezed out of society by this twisting vice are the hikikomori. Over a million disillusioned hermits living in...

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Everything I have  by Tammy Robinson

Everything I have

Tammy Robinson

"The last person Ellie ever expects to see back in Seclusion Bay is Sam. Widowed and clouded by grief, the moment he walks into her cafe, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with anyone... especially her. So, when she sees him tie a letter to a tree...

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His favourite graves  by Paul Cleave

His favourite graves

Paul Cleave

"A case of bullying sees Ben Connor stuffed into a locker at the end of the school day, and soon there is nobody left to help him. Nobody, that is, until the high school janitor hears him calling for help. Only Ben would have been better off staying in that...

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Aucklanders  by Murray Edmond

Aucklanders

Murray Edmond

"In the tradition of James Joyce's Dubliners, Murray Edmond brings us Aucklanders, short stories that celebrate lives lived in New Zealand's biggest city. Through different time-settings, and narrative styles, the tales are variously entertaining, funny,...

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Shrine of stars  by Melanie Harding-Shaw

Shrine of stars

Melanie Harding-Shaw

The worst has finally happened. The Melded Earths are in chaos, Hel and Kaia are missing, and Bast is waiting for the axe to fall at any moment. His only hope lies with the strange and blood-thirsty vampyr now part of their reality. When Hel awakens, she's far...

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Bird life  by Anna Smaill

Bird life

Anna Smaill

"Bird Life, the second novel by Booker Prize longlisted author Anna Smaill, is a lyrical and ambitious exploration of madness and what it is like to experience the world differently. In Ueno Park, Tokyo, as workers and tourists gather for lunch, the pollen...

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The art of falling in love with your best friend  by Anne (Romance writer) Kemp

The art of falling in love with your best friend

Anne (Romance writer) Kemp

"We all know how this goes. Girl likes boy, a lot, but the boy? He's out of her league. The realization that you've fallen for your best friend is, for me, pretty scary. It's not that Reid is all the way in the stratosphere out of my league, it's more like I...

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Dance of devils and daylight  by Indiana Rose

Dance of devils and daylight

Indiana Rose

"Danger lurks in the darkness. And darkness lurks within her... Freya Willowray thought she had escaped her past. But now it is hunting her. Far from the wicked rule of Orlenea's new queen, she finds herself plagued by whispers of darkness - harbouring a power...

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The girl from London  by Olivia Spooner

The girl from London

Olivia Spooner

"London, 1940. Ruth, a young schoolteacher, volunteers as an escort helping to evacuate children from war-torn England to Australia and New Zealand. Her three-month voyage is fraught - their passage is perilous, and the children anxious and homesick....

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It's what Eddie did  by Robert Philip Bolton

It's what Eddie did

Robert Philip Bolton

"From an Auckland slum to the heights of a New York boardroom and, eventually, an obscure and unhappy old age, It’s What Eddie Did records the rise and fall of Eddie Purvis, a rich and successful New Zealand advertising man, and his relationship with one of...

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Mea familia est omnia : Book 3  by Grozdana Lukic

Mea familia est omnia : Book 3

Grozdana Lukic

"In the enchanting third edition of the Mea Promissa Patria series, titled Mea Familia est Omnia, author takes readers on a captivating journey through time, destiny, and enduring love. This instalment of the series introduces a new era, a new set of...

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The locket  by Anna Hendry

The locket

Anna Hendry

"Emma Thorpe was born in the Cotswolds and raised by her grandparents. She believed she was an orphan... but her mother's old locket, a faded memory, and a mysterious bank account lead Emma to the colourful, exotic world of Singapore in search of answers to...

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The Denniston Rose  by Jenny Pattrick

The Denniston Rose

Jenny Pattrick

The bleak coal-mining of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above the West Coast, is a place that makes or breaks those who live there. Into this chaotic community come five-year-old Rose and her mother. Set in the 1880s, this is story of a spirited child...

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Remains to be told

Remains to be told

"Uncanny disturbances, death, and the dank breath of the native bush. Remains to be Told: Dark Tales of Aotearoa is mired in the shifting landscape of the long white cloud, and deeply imbued with the myth, culture and character of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Laced...

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Landings  by Jenny Pattrick

Landings

Jenny Pattrick

The Whanganui River at the turn of the twentieth century is a busy thoroughfare, taking sightseers through the spectacular landscape by paddle steamer and acting as highway for the sparse scatterings of settlements along its twisting length. The people who...

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Mantrapped  by Fay Weldon

Mantrapped

Fay Weldon

"Mantrapped is a dazzling new work that continues Fay Weldon’s critically acclaimed memoir, Auto da Fay, and tells the story of a woman down on her luck. Trisha is forty-four and at the end of her rope: creditors are coming and boyfriends have long left. Then,...

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Tonight, I burn  by Katharine J. Adams

Tonight, I burn

Katharine J. Adams

"A thorn witch with the power to walk between the realms of Life and Death finds herself at the centre of a magical rebellion - and a dangerous romance - that could destroy her coven and her soul in this dark and decadent debut. Thorns, Tides, Embers, Storms,...

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By bread alone  by Sarah-Kate Lynch

By bread alone

Sarah-Kate Lynch

"For Esme MacDougall Stack, it began in an old underground boulangerie in southwest France. There artisan-baker Louis Lapoine introduced the innocent nineteen-year-old to the arts of making bread and making love. Then he broke her heart. Fifteen years later,...

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The English harem  by Anthony McCarten

The English harem

Anthony McCarten

Working on a supermarket checkout, Tracy spices up her life by imagining her customers are the great and famous. When she is sacked, she takes a new job as a waitress at the Taste of Persia. Saaman, the owner of the restaurant introduces her to a new religion,...

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Perchance to dream  by Jude Knight

Perchance to dream

Jude Knight

"Scarred by life, they have abandoned dreams of romance. Until love's kiss awakens them. Life is richer than he expected. John Forsythe abandons London for the furthest reaches of England after a series of betrayals leave him with the shame of a very public...

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Chasing the tale. Volume II  by Jude Knight

Chasing the tale. Volume II

Jude Knight

"Christmas at Hollystone Hall - At a time of peace and goodwill toward men, the new Duke of Haverford struggles to reconcile with his mother, who had tried to prevent his marriage. ; Lady Cicely's Forfeit - When she made the wager, Cicely had been certain she...

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Chasing the tale  by Jude Knight

Chasing the tale

Jude Knight

"An Angel, Unawares -- In colonial New Zealand, Molly faces Christmas without her husband. A passing drifter helps her keep her three children happy, but when will Rick be home? ; Anne Under Siege - Can this year get worse? Anne has been robbed, the frosts...

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To wed a proper lady  by Jude Knight

To wed a proper lady

Jude Knight

"Everyone knows James needs a bride with impeccable blood lines. He needs Sophia's love more. James must marry to please his grandfather, the duke, and to win social acceptance for himself and his father's other foreign-born children. But only Lady Sophia...

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To mend the broken-hearted  by Jude Knight

To mend the broken-hearted

Jude Knight

"Ruth Winderfield is miserable in London's ballrooms, where her family's wealth and questions over her birth make her a target for the unscrupulous and a pariah to the high-sticklers. Trained as a healer, she is happiest in a sickroom. When a smallpox epidemic...

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To claim the long-lost lover  by Jude Knight

To claim the long-lost lover

Jude Knight

"The beauty known as the Winderfield Diamond hides a ruinous secret. Society's newest viscount holds the key. Sarah Winderfield has refused every offer of marriage she has received since Nathaniel Beauclair convinced her to run away with him seven years ago,...

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To tame a wild rake  by Jude Knight

To tame a wild rake

Jude Knight

"The whole world knows Aldridge is a wicked sinner. They used to be right. The ton has labelled Charlotte a saint for her virtue and good works. They don't know the ruinous secret she hides. Then an implacable enemy reveals all. The past that haunts them...

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Paradise triptych  by Jude Knight

Paradise triptych

Jude Knight

"Long ago, when they were young, James and Eleanor were deeply in love. But their families tore them apart and they went on to marry other people. Paradise Regained - James Winderfield yearns to end a long journey in the arms of his loving family. But his...

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One perfect dance  by Jude Knight

One perfect dance

Jude Knight

"Elijah was the man Regina could never forget. Now he is back in England, but someone wants to kill him. Regina Paddimore puts her dreams of love away with other girlish things when she weds her father's friend to escape a vile suitor who tries to force a...

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Snowy and the seven doves  by Jude Knight

Snowy and the seven doves

Jude Knight

"As a child, Snowy White was found beaten and half dead in an alley. Seven soiled doves rescued him and raised him to manhood in their brothel. Now adult, he must rise above his origins to hunt down the enemy who tried to kill him. When she found herself in...

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Kaikōura rendezvous  by Stephen Johnson

Kaikōura rendezvous

Stephen Johnson

"Two Melbourne TV journalists are on a well-earned holiday, travelling New Zealand in a motorhome. Will they survive a monster storm and a killer on the loose? Kim Prescott survived a killer's bullet in Melbourne but can't shake the PTSD. For Jo Trescowthick...

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The cuban daughter  by Soraya Lane

The cuban daughter

Soraya Lane

"Havana, 1950. As the beautiful daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Cuba, Esmeralda knows the importance of marrying well. But when her father takes her on a business trip to London, she falls in love with a young merchant named Christopher.When...

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Summer at the Villa Rosa  by Nicky Pellegrino

Summer at the Villa Rosa

Nicky Pellegrino

"Raffaella Moretti, by far the most beautiful girl in the southern Italian town of Triento, is about to marry the only boy she has ever loved. It seems that nothing but happiness lies in store for Raffaella. Yet, just one year later, she is a widow, and has...

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The Italian wedding  by Nicky Pellegrino

The Italian wedding

Nicky Pellegrino

"Pieta Martinelli's sister is getting married. Since she is a bridal designer it falls to her to make the wedding gown. But Pieta is distracted by a series of unanswered questions. Why is her father feuding with another Italian in the neighbourhood? Why is her...

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Devil's breath  by Jill Johnson

Devil's breath

Jill Johnson

I've always been better with plants than people . . . Eustacia Rose is a Professor of Botanical Toxicology who lives alone in London with only her extensive collection of poisonous plants for company. She tends to her garden with meticulous care. Her life is...

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Checkerboard Hill  by Jade Kake

Checkerboard Hill

Jade Kake

"Checkerboard Hill is a story of belonging, dislocation, misunderstandings, identity and fractured relationships. When a family member dies in Australia, Ria flies from New Zealand and returns to the family and home in Australia she suddenly left decades...

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The vanishing point  by Andrea Hotere

The vanishing point

Andrea Hotere

A dazzling and spellbinding debut about a mysterious painting, the secrets it keeps, and the two women connected across centuries by a quest to discover the truth - for readers of Geraldine Brooks, Tracy Chevalier and Maggie O'Farrell. London, 1991: Alex...

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Light keeping  by Adrienne Jansen

Light keeping

Adrienne Jansen

"The beam of a lighthouse - bringing hope, knowledge and safety in dark and uncertain places. But what if the lighthouse keeper himself is lost? In 1977, in the shelter of a remote Aotearoa lighthouse, Annie wraps her arms around her two orphaned...

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Emergency weather  by Tim Jones

Emergency weather

Tim Jones

Zeke has to stay with his aunt and uncle in Lower Hutt after a landslide takes his East Coast home off its foundations. Allie puts her drought-ridden Otago dairy farm out of her mind and catches a plane to the capital city. Stephanie wonders why she's sitting...

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The Penguin New Zealand anthology

The Penguin New Zealand anthology

"To celebrate 50 years of publishing in Aotearoa New Zealand, this anthology brings together 50 enthralling stories from some of the country's finest writers. From established authors to new, emerging names, these stories track the changing styles, voices and...

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Visible cities

Visible cities

"The celebrated Italian writer Italo Calvino's novel 'Invisible Cities' explored the intersection of reality and imagination over 11 wondrous chapters. A hundred years after his birth 11 emerging writers from Aotearoa have each taken a city from their own...

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Backwaters  by Emma Ling Sidnam

Backwaters

Emma Ling Sidnam

"Winner of the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize, Backwaters is a tender and exquisitely written debut novel examining identity, race and complex family history. Laura is tired of being asked where she's really from. Her family has lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for...

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Turn on, old time  by Edmund Bohan

Turn on, old time

Edmund Bohan

"When a distinguished New Zealand businessman is murdered in London, Detective Inspector O’Rorke is once again called in by Scotland Yard to help find the killer. But O’Rorke is soon enmeshed in the secrets of the past involving the chaos of the Crimean War...

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Root leaf flower fruit  by Bill Nelson

Root leaf flower fruit

Bill Nelson

"A woman lies helpless after a stroke, her family gathered. Her grandson, healing slowly from a head injury after coming off his bike, takes leave from his job and family to prepare her rundown house and farm for sale. As he works, he sifts through what...

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Grothia blue  by Theo F.W.K. Cookson

Grothia blue

Theo F.W.K. Cookson

"Stripped of Sense and Support, Strength becomes Necessity. The Grothia is a family as old as war itself. A family known for a strength that strikes crippling fear into anyone who looks upon their piercing blue eyes, and yet, their youngest prince is...

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The plot to kill Peter Fraser  by David McGill

The plot to kill Peter Fraser

David McGill

"Dangerous Nazi Ex-Internees Roaming New Zealand.' NZ Truth ... Peter Fraser was our greatest prime minister on the international stage. He proved it as World War Two was ending and he played a major part in shaping the United Nations. In the process he made...

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